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Sonar: Friends Nearby

By Sonar Media, Inc.

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"Must-Have" -CNN "Essential Tool" -WIRED Magazine

By alerting you to friends and like-minded people nearby, Sonar reveals small world moments you'd have otherwise missed.

✔ Featured by Apple as Editors’ Choice
✔ CNN Top Tech Tool
✔ Mashable, CNN & Fox: Hot App for SXSW 2012
✔ MediaPost Mobile Social Trend of 2012
✔ “Download Immediately” - Michael Arrington

Seen in the New York Times, CNN, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company, The Atlantic, TIME, Financial Times, Ad Age & more.

Sonar is the best way to connect & share with the people here now. Use it everywhere!

✔ Find friends nearby, connect and hang out
✔ Set your status, share what you’re up to
✔ Chat with other Sonar users
✔ Background sharing - no need to check in
✔ You’re in control - pause anytime!

Customer Reviews
“***** Perfect!”
“***** Love being surprised at who is nearby!”
“***** I use this app every day. Every day!”
“***** I love this!”

Note: Location services can affect your battery life. We are focused on minimizing the impact and are constantly improving our algorithms. It is always possible to disable background GPS from within the app.

What's New in Version 1.9.5

- improved relevance algorithm
- minor bug fixes

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Customer Reviews

Cool concept; useless app

I got this app because it seemed cool…meet new friends in person using the Internet…how neat! Or so I thought. It's really more of a nuisance than anything. Most of the alerts I get are "Soandso, who is friends with Soandso, who is friends with Soandso, who is friends with John Smith, your old kindergarten classmate that you never talk to anymore, is near you at the homeless shelter only three miles away from you! Go meet him!" Then, when I click the notification, 90% of the time, it says, "Soandso doesn't use Sonar! Send him a tweet and invite him?" No thanks…

And even after reading the notification, the notification badge on the app icon won't go away until you refresh your feed about three times.

I'm going to delete this app very soon. It's annoying, intrusive, and most importantly, I've never—I repeat, NEVER—used this app to meet friends.

Amazingly useful!

Love knowing when my friends are around and it's a great way to keep in touch with acquaintances! Now I have a more fun and easy to way to stay in touch.

Wish it was a little more interactive

Great to see who's around! Wish I could interact. There's not an easy way to communicate other than an invite if they don't use Sonar. I have a 100% ignore rate because it prob looks like spam. Even to people I know!

Sonar: Friends Nearby
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  • Free
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2013
  • Version: 1.9.5
  • Size: 14.5 MB
  • Languages: English, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Turkish
  • Seller: Sonar Media, Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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